As most of you have
heard, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill (SB1062) called the
Exercise of Religious Rights. Below is a letter we sent to governor
Brewer asking her to veto the legislation. ASBA is just one of dozens
of business groups to oppose the bill. Share your opinion at http://azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp.
Dear Governor Brewer,
behalf of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) and our more
than 10,000 member business owners, I am writing to inform you that we
oppose SB1062 and strongly urge you to veto the Exercise of Religion;
State Action bill. The Arizona Small Business Association supports and
strongly defends the First Amendment of the United State Constitution.
Although SB1062 intends to protect religious freedom, there are
consequences to this legislation that we are very concerned with.
SB1062 would unintentionally expose private sector businesses and
business owners to liability by allowing an employee to exercise their
own religious beliefs at the expense of the business. SB1062 would shift
the balance of control from the business owner to employees who can
decide to refuse someone's business based on their own personal
religious beliefs and not the business owners. As a result, the business
and its owner(s) would be held liable for an employee's actions because
of their religious convictions.
We also believe that such a law
would be very damaging to Arizona from both a perception, and economic
development standpoint. In this highly competitive and global economy,
such a law would be a significant step backwards for Arizona. Finally,
SB1062 could expose the State of Arizona to legal action by raising the
question if such a law is constitutional. For these reasons, we ask that
you veto SB1062.
If you have any questions, I would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss this with you or your staff.
Respectfully, Rick Murray Chief Executive Officer
Rick Murray, Chief Executive Officer Arizona Small Business Association
4600 E. Washington Suite 340, Phoenix, AZ 85034 P. 602.306.4000 - F. 602.306.4001 - email@example.com
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